Football

Published: Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 9:37:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 24, 2014 MYT 9:48:48 PM

Selangor going all out for AFC win

Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic wants his side to beat Arema Malang from Indonesia in the AFC Cup match on Tuesday.

Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic wants his side to beat Arema Malang from Indonesia in the AFC Cup match on Tuesday.

PETALING JAYA: Selangor are looking at claiming full points when they take on Indonesia’s Arema FC in the AFC Cup Group F opener at the Selayang Stadium on Tuesday night.

Playing at home, the Red Giants need a flying start in the competition to atone for the 4-1 thrashing by Johor Darul Tak’zim (JDT) in their Super League match on Feb 15.

Said coach Mehmet Durakovic: We need a winning start. We will play an attacking game to secure maximum points.”

Durakovic, however, is not taking Arema for granted.

“Arema have a strong foreign legion as they have Gustavo Lopez, Thierry Gathuessi, Beto and naturalised players Cristian Gonzales and Victor Igbonefo in their ranks,” said Durakovic.

“Arema are leading the Indonesian Super League after winning all their five matches. Striker Gonzales is also in a rich vein of form, netting five goals.

“We have moved on after the JDT loss. There is a positive mood in our training camp. We will be playing on a good pitch and I believe it will help us to play our attacking game and secure a win.”

Arema coach Suharno heaped praise on Selangor, saying the Red Giants are among the best teams in the M-League.

“I’m a bit worried on what Durakovic has planned for the match,” said Suharno.

The 54-year-old coach continued to play his mind games.

 “I don’t think there are any weaknesses in Selangor’s game. They are a top team. If not, they would not be playing in the AFC Cup,” said Suharno.

“I will adopt my strategy depending on the situation on the pitch. We will take one match at a time in this competition. A positive result will be good for us here,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: Selangor, Arema, AFC, Mehmet Durakovic

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